By: Cindi Mansell
Slump? What sophomore slump? This week’s top stars are both in their second season at Dartmouth and not showing any signs of letting up on their contributions to their respective teams. Colin McGill ended a long streak of Ivy League losses for the men’s lacrosse team. The Devon, Pennsylvania native scored in overtime to bring home the win over Harvard. In a three-game sweep of that Ivy team from the state of Pennsylvania (Penn), Alaana Panu had walk-off hits in two of the three softball games.
Their efforts are rewarded by being named The Richards Group Athletes of the week.
Each week, DartmouthSports.com will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes – one male, one female – as Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition.
Colin McGill, So., Devon, Pa., A, Men’s Lacrosse
Colin McGill played a key role in men’s lacrosse’s thrilling comeback win over Harvard on Saturday. McGill finished with four goals and one assist, all coming in the game’s final 26:12, including the game-winning goal with 1:35 left in overtime as the Big Green won their first Ivy League game since 2015. He had a hand in five of Dartmouth’s last six goals of the game and has tallied five or more points in all but two games so far this season. The Big Green are now 1-0 in league play and 6-1 overall, their best record after seven games since 2003.
Alaana Panu, So., Los Gatos, Calif., OF, Softball
Alaana Panu recorded a pair of walk-off hits for the Big Green during its first Ivy League series of the season against Penn. The sophomore opened the weekend with a walk-off grand slam and closed the series with a game-winning two-RBI single to help Dartmouth secure a sweep at home.
Panu finished the weekend with a batting average of .545 and recorded seven RBIs and two stolen bases. She was named the Ivy League Player of the Week by the conference on Monday following her strong performances against the Quakers.